Eleven days of snow on the ground and counting. It was -15C (5F) last night in Northern Ireland, the lowest temperature in 10 years. It's the BiG FReeZe. Headlines today: Almost two weeks since the cold snap hit and the government are still arguing over who should grit pedestrian sidewalks (footpaths); although the paper did note that our government building was gritted so our politicians won't slip. (Belfast Telegraph). I was at our Parliament Building last week, and yes, well gritted.
Above: A little weeping willow frozen beside a larger native Rowan tree. The weeping willow looks good in winter, leaves bare. In summer it quickly resembles 'Cousin It' from the Adams Family. Variety: Salix Caprea Kilmarnock Weeping Willow. Bought for £10.99 a number of years ago; it's a popular small garden tree as it only gets 2 metres (6.5 ft) high and just over a metre wide.
|We're expecting freezing temperatures again tonight. I bought several bags of crocus on clearance (one of my favourite words) this week for 25p per bag of 40; I only need the ground to defrost!|